October 26, 2021

Coronavirus briefs 10/5

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30 new cases in Cortland County

Cortland County reported 30 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend, raising the number of confirmed cases to 305 — 213 new cases since Aug. 21.

In all, 981 cases have been confirmed in Cayuga, Tompkins and Cortland counties and five people have died.

The Cortland County Health Department was monitoring 340 patients, 81 of them confirmed positive. None were hospitalized, although six have been. The Cortland County Health Department has received 27,029 negative test results. Two hundred twentyfour people have recovered. The county has reported no deaths.

Tompkins County reported 13 new cases Friday and Saturday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 445, according to the state Health Department. A total of 209,707 people were tested. Two people have died.

In Cayuga County, the state Health Department reported eight new cases Friday and Saturday, the number of confirmed cases rising to 231. The state reports 39,539 people have been tested. Three people have died.

SUNY Cortland: 28 new cases

SUNY Cortland reported 28 new confirmed case of coronavirus since Friday, bringing the total to 222 since students began returning for the fall semester, 81 of them currently positive, the college reported this morning.

The college is at 86 cases of its 100-case limit between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9 before it will be required to move to remote learning. The college has 10 students quarantined on campus pending test results; 19 others others are in isolation.

SUNY Cortland uses information received from a number of sources for its tallies. Cases are reported to the county health department based of the patient’s permanent residence, so some student cases may not be included with Cortland County Health Department data.

Other colleges

Cornell University has reported 128 confirmed cases since Aug. 15, including one Tuesday, but none Wednesday or Thursday, the latest days it recorded numbers. It was at one case of its 100-case limit between Sept. 26 and Oct. 9 before it must move to remote learning.

Tompkins Cortland Community College has reported two cases of coronavirus since Aug. 1, but none since Sept. 2, show state data. The college has tested 315 people.

Potential exposure at church

A potential public exposure to COVID-19 was reported Saturday at The Chapel, 1118 Route 22, Cortland, the Cortland County Health Department has reported.

The parishioner wore a mask, but people who were at the church between 8 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 27 may have been exposed;

Anyone who may have been exposed should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea for 14 days. If symptoms develop, stay home and call your doctor for further guidance about testing. If you are elderly, have underlying medical conditions, or are immunocompromised, call your doctor early even if your illness is mild. In an emergency call 911.

County cracks down on protocols

After seeing more than 90 new COVID-19 cases since Sept. 26, Cortland County announced it will take a more active role in enforcement actions against businesses that do not follow coronavirus protocols, Cortland County Legislature Chairman Paul Heider announced over the weekend.

“It has come to the county’s attention that a small number of businesses are flouting the regulations and are putting the public at risk; this will not be tolerated,” Heider (R-Cuyler, Solon, Truxton) said in a release.

Heider urged residents to report potential COVID guideline violations.